The “Grayground Painting” of world renowned Filipino artist Ronald Ventura was sold for nearly P47 million pesos (HK$ 8,420,000) at Sothebys Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings. The auction that was held April 04, 2011 set a new record for the Filipino as the most expensive items in an auction.
“Grayground Painting” was a graphite, oil, and acrylic on canvas piece, which measures 60 inches by 155 3/4 inches (nearly four meters long), set a new auction record and beat Filipina artist Geraldine Javier’s oil-on-canvas Ella Amo’ Apasionadamente, which raked in HK$1,460,000 in an auction last year.
Ronald Ventura was a 37 years old fine arts graduate from Sto. Tomas University. He is one of the top-selling Filipino artist who have been selling for more than 5 to 6 digits dollar in auction houses abroad.
The Filipino artist together with Ronald Caringal, Lynard Paras, Kiko Escora, Janet Balbarona, Rodel Tapaya, Andres Barrioquinto, Marina Cruz, Arturo Sanchez, Nona Garcia, Jon Jaylo, Danilo E. Dalena, MM Yu, Wawi Navarroza, Onib Olmedo. These Filipinos have showcased their different masterpiece during the Sothebys auction. This news of achievement from a Filipino artist will surely ignites the Filipino spirit to strive for the best.